We continue to take a closer look at the Bucs 2010 draft picks, and our next rookie is linebacker Cody Grimm, selected with the 3rd pick in the 7th round, 210th overall, out of Virginia Tech. Grimm is 5’11”, 202 lbs., and was a walk-on at VT after receiving no Division I offers.
Grimm is a hard working, high IQ, over achieving linebacker that lacks size and power, but makes up for it with his determination and speed. A walk-on at VT, Grimm had to prove himself to Coach Beamer and long time defensive coordinator Bud Foster to earn a chance to play, and he didn’t disappoint. He had a career best last season with 4 sacks. According to Hokiesports.com, Grimm is a coaches favorite because he plays with a chip on his shoulders, having to prove himself at everything on the field, it makes him work that much harder than everyone.
Grimm is undersized, but has a knack for finding the ball and ball carrier. He lacks closing speed and does not have a great change of direction due to poor footwork and lateral speed. He uses his hands well and wraps up tackles. He has decent short range speed and can close quickly for a tackle. He is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman, Russ Grimm.
Grimm probably will not be a starter. He just lacks skill and size, but will be around to help provide depth and will find a way onto the field. He is already spending time working out at safety (a position that needs some work). He will be a great special team player and will become a fan favorite because of his work ethic.
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